The speech of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom,
but the one who speaks perversion will be destroyed.
The lips of the righteous know what is pleasing,
but the speech of the wicked is perverse.
Proverbs 10.31-32 NET

The righteous person uses the right words because he has a relationship with God and ponders how to bless his neighbor’s life. Continue reading

Quarrels never reach a conclusion, never solve a problem, never convince an opponent. Human words do not bring people near to God; on the contrary, to proffer opinions or speculations is the way to ruin.

Remind people of these things and solemnly charge them before the Lord not to wrangle over words. This is of no benefit; it just brings ruin on those who listen.
2 Tim 2.14 NET Continue reading

“Let your words be few,” wrote the Preacher (Ecclesiastes 5.2), and how right he was to give this counsel! How much better the world would be if people talked less, if they stopped throwing words to the wind. With one exception:

With many other words he testified and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation!”
Acts 2.41 NET

When it comes to the gospel, we ought to talk a lot. Peter preached about Jesus, and people were touched with their need to obey God’s will. Continue reading

consistencyDoes it make a difference how we behave in the world? How we act and speak? Will God’s grace take care of everything, or do we need to pay attention to the details of faith? Do we have a whatever faith?

These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters.
James 3:10b NET

James refuses to accept a Christian’s inconsistency. It’s an unacceptable state to God. God is light and in him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). How then can his children allow a mixture of good and evil, of praise to God and cursing one’s neighbor? Continue reading